The Key To Living A Long Meaningful Life

July 6, 2011 by  
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I like the below post, because it affirms a basic belief of mine; finding what is meaningful in life and living a journey to fulfill it will create contentment.  It doesn’t matter how easy or difficult it is to live according to what we consider to be meaningful, because what is important is the act of aligning ourselves with goals greater than a shopping list. The act of living with meaning, create a rich life full of experiences and character.

Meaning is the gas in our engine.  It keeps us going and it gets us anywhere we want to go.  It also teaches us to listen to ourselves and live healthier lives.  After all if we are to accomplish our intentions, we must have enough physical and mental energy to do so.

Find what is important to you, and embrace it without fear of failure.  It is the path – persistence, dedication, and strategy – that will keep you focused and content.

Read on.

What The Founding Fathers Can Teach Us About Longevity

By Howard Friedman, Ph.D

The first four U.S. presidents — Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison — plus Benjamin Franklin — lived an average of more than 82 years, and they did so without the benefit of modern medical care. To the contrary, George Washington, who became seriously ill after a day’s horseback ride through sleet and snow, was treated with bleedings, emetics and enemas, and then succumbed. Two hundred years later, American presidents again tend to live very long lives, with Reagan and Ford reaching 93, and Carter and Bush senior still alive at 86 and 87.

The Founding Fathers, like the presidents of today, lived highly stressful lives that were full of hard work. They led lives of rebellion, war and the harshest political strife, as well as lives full of many personal tragedies…Continued


A Year Of Good Deeds

February 21, 2011 by  
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My friend Claire Pascal started a blog called A Year Of Good Deeds.

Claire is a very special woman.  She’s a writer and a teacher.

When 9/11 happened it touched her so profoundly she went to Yale to study theology. She needed a different kind of knowledge to understand or at least to cope better with devastation.

My friend Claire looks at life and people with profound respect and understanding.  She’s kind to others as well and to herself.  She’s fallen many times without ever losing her heart.  And for that she has my admiration. It is not easy to fall, truly see oneself down, get up and still be opened to the world.

As Claire writes about herself she lets us in her humanity and we are all better off for that.

Below is Claire’s statement about the birth of her blog.


So my life fell apart. I couldn’t deny my alcoholism anymore, a dear friend died, and then my marriage tore apart–wrenching and painful. To recover from the wreck I’ve become, I’m conducting an experiment: I will do one good deed a day. I’m hoping this helps me peek out from my miserable self-absorption and perhaps do a tiny bit of good for the world. Will this make me or anyone else happier?


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I just got back from an AA meeting and I stand corrected about the saying: “Give 100% expecting nothing back.”  Here’s the more accurate version:  “Give 100% because it’s free and fun expecting nothing back not even a thank you.”  A tougher version.  Now I have to have fun while I’m giving without expecting a reward.

Good deeds today:  Flowers for my AA sponsor.  A thank you note to the woman guard at the entrance of my condo complex.  She’s the only female guard and she always waves and smiles at me when I come home late at night from work, which is often…Continued